I don’t really see Ginetta as my friend’s Mum, but as one of my own friends. She is amazing for so many reasons. Not only is she one heck of a scrabble opponent (we’ve been constantly playing ‘Words With Friends’ for years now),but she is warm, kind and has always been so welcoming to me. She is also one of those incredible people full of drive, ambition and passion for things she loves. For her 50th birthday cake I decided to combine two of these things, horseriding and flowers. As soon as I saw this stand I knew I had to use it for the base of the cake. It took me ages to track it down and it finally made it’s way to the UK thanks to my Dad via hand luggage (oops). Not knowing a lot about flowers I was lucky enough to have the help of Alexia from Bluebell and George. She helped me figure out how to arrange the flowers on the cake and chose the gorgeous yellow and purple calle lilies. I adore the shades she chose they work so perfectly together and stood out so nicely on top of the cake. For the cake itself I made a three tier Madiera cake using this simple recipe, then filled it with strawberry jam and vanilla buttercream. To decorate it I covered the whole thing in more vanilla buttercream and then wrapped a piece of clear acetate around the cake, so the flowers wouldn’t be directly touching it. We glued the calle lilies onto the acetate and secured them with a matching coloured ribbon. I love that the cake is kind of hidden and the beautiful flowers are the focus. I hope she enjoys her cake and her special day. Happy 50th Birthday Ginetta!